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UNFORGETTABLE, INSPIRATIONAL, INFORMATIVE For the past ten years EAS has been taking students of all ages from 8 to 80 to Venice, Florence and Rome to experience at first hand the splendour of Italian art and architecture.  The 4 -5 day trips are uniquely designed to give participants not ju ... >>

UNFORGETTABLE, INSPIRATIONAL, INFORMATIVE

For the past ten years EAS has been taking students of all ages from 8 to 80 to Venice, Florence and Rome to experience at first hand the splendour of Italian art and architecture.  The 4 -5 day trips are uniquely designed to give participants not just an in depth appreciation of each individual masterpiece but also an understanding of its wider significance in the history of art.

Our itineraries are carefully constructed to include the most important monuments in each city whilst our exclusive contacts provide access to lesser known private collections. Crucially students are taught directly in front of the relevant works of art and architecture and are encouraged to participate in the often lively discussions that ensue.  

EAS courses are open to all ages and all levels of interest and are equally suitable for families, couples and individuals. Our goal is to provide a truly memorable and authentic experience. With this in mind we often arrange accommodation and events in private houses, villas and palazzi not generally open to the public.

About Ann Buchanan

Ann Buchanan has taught Art and Art History for 25 years at every level from primary to university.  She is a firm believer in the value of interactive teaching and her infectious enthusiasm and passion for Italian culture mean that EAS trips abroad are always voyages of discovery.

Practical Art Teaching

The ability to draw or paint the monuments encountered on the trip often leaves a lasting impression.  Ann’s husband, the water colourist Hugh Buchanan,  gives drawing and painting tuition to adults and older teenagers on the tour whilst Sarah Kettlewell is in charge of the younger children’s art courses.  Please check individual courses for availabitlity of practical art teaching - not all courses offer this.

For more information on the prices,  dates and availability of this year’s EAS Tours Abroad please browse the individual courses.

 

Autumn 2018 & Summer 2019 Programme
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Masterpieces in Madrid
13th-16th October 2018
Course Director & Lecturer: Ann Buchanan MA Fine Art
Cultural guide:Juan Jose Bellod
Madrid is an outstanding destination for art lovers. The Prado boasts a world class collection of paintings and artefacts  selected by the Hapsburgs.The Holy Roman Emperor Charles V and his descendants ensured that  the  story of European art from the 1500s to the birth of modernism c ... >>

Madrid is an outstanding destination for art lovers. The Prado boasts a world class collection of paintings and artefacts  selected by the Hapsburgs.The Holy Roman Emperor Charles V and his descendants ensured that  the  story of European art from the 1500s to the birth of modernism could be told as a family history of the Habsburgs. The impact of comparing Albrecht Durer's Self Portrait with Hieronymus Bosch's strange 'Garden of Earthly Delights' is so impressive, as is the experience of viewing Velazquez enigmatic royal portrait 'Las Meninas' at first hand and can only be achieved in the Prado Museum.

This rich artistic capital of Velázquez and Goya has been enormously enhanced over the years by the installation of the Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection and the Reina Sofía Museum which houses arguably the greatest political painting in Western Art:Picasso's 'Guernica'.. The great Spanish painters – including El Greco, Murillo, Velázquez, Goya, and Picasso – are of course magnificently represented on the tour. We will also visit palaces of Kings and nobles and the house of the portrait painter Sorolla,the John Singer Sargent of Spain.

Ann will try to restrain herself and guide you to her  top ten masterpieces in these collections..but she might mention a few more in passing! 

 

 

Timetable

 

 Saturday 13th October      

06.05 Depart Edinburgh with flight EZY 6993

     
 10.05 Arrive Madrid      
14.00 Museo Sorolla      
16.00  Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando      
Sunday 14th October        

10.00-13.00  Prado Museum

15.00-17.00 Stroll around Hapsburg Madrid near the Plaza Mayor and visit Palacio Real

18.00 San Antonio della Florida followed by aperativo and tapas in El Rastro

 Monday 15th October

10.00 -12.00 Thyssen Collection 

12.30 Real Fabrica de Tapices

15.00-17.00 Museo Reina Sofia

Tuesday 16th October

10.00 Palacio de Liria  to visit the Collection of the Dukes of Alba tbc

     
16.35 Depart Madrid      
18.30 Arrive Edinburgh      
       
       
       

 

Accomodation

 We will stay in the 4* hotel Catalonia Las Cortes in Madrid's Historic center. It is the most convenient of  hotels and locations, as most of the collections we will visit are located nearby. 

Cost
£1250 for the Madrid Masterpieces course, return flights from Edinburgh to Madrid, & 3 nights bed and breakfast in 4 * Hotel Catalonia Las Cortes
Single supplement £350
£500 deposit
Booking
To book a place on this course please print and return our booking form with payment.
Enquiries
If you would like any further information on this course please email us.
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Half Term Venice Tour for Families
24th-28th October 2018
Course Director & Art and Architecture Lecturer: Ann Buchanan MFA Edinburgh
Art Tutor: Grace Warde-Aldam BFA Oxford
 Edinburgh Art Studies is very pleased to welcome Grace Warde-Aldam to teach practical art on the Half Term Venice Tour. Only a few years ago  Grace attended  a previous EAS Half term course  in Venice as a GCSE student and now, as a graduate of the Ruskin School of Art, she will ... >>

 Edinburgh Art Studies is very pleased to welcome Grace Warde-Aldam to teach practical art on the Half Term Venice Tour. Only a few years ago  Grace attended  a previous EAS Half term course  in Venice as a GCSE student and now, as a graduate of the Ruskin School of Art, she will guide the practical artists in this  inspriational city.

Ann Buchanan will guide you around  the palaces, churches and paintings in unique collections, ranging from the light filled altar pieces of Giovanni Bellini and Vittorio Carpaccio to the abstract expressionist canvasses of Jackson Pollock in the Peggy Guggenheim collection.

 

 

Timetable

 25th October

15.10 depart Edinburgh with easy jet flight 18.55 arrive Venice Marco Polo airport

Airport taxi to Pensione Seguso check in.  Dinner nearby on the Zattere 

   

 26th October

Visit the Accademia Gallery nearby and after a long coffee and a short walk visit the Peggy Guggenheim Collection.

   
After Lunch travel up the Grand Canal to the Rialto Bridge, visit the Frari Church and the Scuola di San Rocco    

 27th October

Visit St Marks and the Doge's Palace,after a long coffee and a short walk  visit San Zaccaria Church and Scuola di San Giorgio

   
Afternoon Private boat tour of the islands and the lagoon leaving from the Riva Degli Schaivoni     

28th October

10.00 Check out of Pensione Seguso airport taxi to Marco Polo Airport 

Depart 12.40 from Marco polo airport with easy jet flight to Edinburgh

14.35 Arrive Edinburgh airport

   

 

Accomodation

We will stay in the delightfully old fashioned, family freindly Pensione Seguso on the Dorsoduro, conveniently next door to the main Art collections and with views across the Guidecca Canal to Palladio's churches of the San Giorgio Maggiore and Il Redentore.

Cost
£875 for Half term course with Flights and Bed and breakfast accommodation in a double/twin room for 3 nights
£775 for Half term course and Bed and breakfast accommodation in a double/twin room for 3 nights
£400 single supplement
£250 discount for 3rd family member sharing a triple room
£500 deposit
Booking
To book a place on this course please print and return our booking form with payment.
Enquiries
If you would like any further information on this course please email us.
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Patrons and Palaces in St. Petersburg
25th-30th May 2019
Course Director & Lecturer: Ann Buchanan MA Fine Art
Drawing and Painting Tutor: Hugh Buchanan
Cultural Guide:Julia Korn from the Pushkin Museum
This will be Edinburgh Art Studies' 10th tour to St Petersburg. Built by Peter the Great over 300 years ago as Russia's 'Window on the West', it is one of the most outstandingly well preserved cities surrounded by palaces filled with great works of art. Its architecture, with nu ... >>

This will be Edinburgh Art Studies' 10th tour to St Petersburg. Built by Peter the Great over 300 years ago as Russia's 'Window on the West', it is one of the most outstandingly well preserved cities surrounded by palaces filled with great works of art.

Its architecture, with numerous satellite palaces, all on a par with Versailles, reflect the taste and power of the Romanovs. Its  galleries and museums conveniently arranged in the Romanovs' Winter palaces in the city contain an equally unsurpasssed wealth of works of art and artefacts, all of global significance.

We will be accompanied by Julia Korn who,for the past 17 years has been Senior Researcher at the National Pushkin Museum in St. Petersburg and has published articles on Russian literature, history and arts. Fluent in English, she acts as the International Liaison Officer for the Pushkin Museum and will be  our historical and cualtural guide.

Ann will select her favourite works of art in the Hermitage and the Russian Museum, such as this charming portait of Catherine the Great with her favourite Italian Greyhound,  and Hugh will provide architectural drawing and watercolour lessons 'on the spot.'

 

Our tour coincides with the 'Festival of the White Nights' when the city celebrates its extremely extended days. The ballets, operas and concerts that are scheduled for this are usuallly exceptional and these can be booked on request once the programme is is issued in April 2019.

Timetable
 25th May flight and transfer from London or Edinburgh to St Petersburg      
 Boat tour of the city in the evening      
 26th May The first city: St Peter and Paul fortress, Menshikov palace, Kunstkammer of Peter the Great.      
27th May Palaces near Pushkin:the Catherine Palace,Alexander Palace and Pavlovsk      
28th May Hermitage Museum       
29th May Peterhof Palace and  Russian Museum      
30th May Faberge Museum and Yusupov Palace      

 

Accomodation

 We will stay in neighbouring refurbished former  palaces on the Fontanka canal, in the center of this historic city. The Fontanka is a staffed apartment for 6 people (two double four poster beds and 1 twin room) in the Turgenev Palace and the nearby Rossi Palace is now an excellent  4* hotel.

 

Travel

 We willt fly with KLM either from Edinburgh or London Heathrow via Amsterdam or Paris to St Petersburg

Throughout the tour we will be transported by private bus and hydrofoil to palaces outside the city and to and from the airport

Cost
£2650 per person for the course and 5 nights bed and breakfast in the 4 * Rossi Hotel and flights from Edinburgh or London with KLM to St Petersburg
£550 single supplement
£2950 per person for the course and 5 nights bed and breakfast staying in the Turgenev Palace staffed apartment
£1000 deposit
Booking
To book a place on this course please print and return our booking form with payment.
Enquiries
If you would like any further information on this course please email us.